You now what? Other than Masters of the Universe stuff (which is the bulk of my collecting), I really haven't reviewed any older figures recently. I used to review old stuff all the time but at some point I really just started focusing on new stuff and ignored older stuff except for MOTU and horror reviews during 31 Days of Toy Terror. Since I've been getting back into Spawn I figured it was time to go back and check out some classic Spawn toys. Today I'm checking out Commando Spawn from 1995. Part of the second series of Spawn toys from McFarlane (then Todd Toys), Commando Spawn was still an early release in a toyline that still kind of continues today. The early McFarlane stuff is interesting as while the sculpts and paintwork were impressive for the time, they clearly were also designed with play features and action features in mind. It'd still be a few years before McFarlane fully moved into creating articulated ministatues/ stactions. Of course, now the Spawn figures are incredibly articulated and built to be sturdy, a fine blend of form and function. Today, though, let's take a look at a super cool Spawn that I never had as a kid. I found him a week or so ago at Gamers Alley, a pretty cool shop in Gastonia, NC. Let's lock, load, and take a look at Commando Spawn after the break...
Height: 5 3/4ths inches
Articulation: Hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel shoulders, swivel right shoulder weapons mount, swivel left bicep, and swivel neck.
Accessories: Missile launcher, missile, 2 knives, sheath, shotgun, and headset.
Year of Release: 1995
Original Retail Price: $6-$8 dollars
* Commando Spawn has the basic colors you'd expect from Spawn (black and red with a little white) but he's definitely more militaristic and less goth-superhero here. Al Simmons was a military man so early on in the comics when he needs to solve problems, he tends to grab the biggest guns he can find and load up on ammo, grenades, and tactical gear. There's some excellent detail here with paint applications that are rather neat and clean. He's got lots of straps, spikes, and skulls, and a bandolier of ammunition across his chest. He's also sporting a non-removable pistol in a shoulder holster and two grenades.
* Commando Spawn augments his powers with a headset featuring a microphone (presumably for communicating with Terry Fitzgerald), an optical modifier of sorts, and a giant antennae. The headgear is removable and can also pivot up and down. The head underneath is pretty basic but he does have those nifty green eye.
* Here's a shot of Commando Spawn from the back. Again, it's pretty crazy to see the amount of details on this guy. Lots of painted buckles and pouches and such.
* When that massive shotgun just isn't enough firepower Spawn also has a massive missile launcher. This thin is pretty cool. Large, missile firing weapons were definitely a thing in the 90s and usually they were pretty boring. This one, however, looks like a real piece of technology with a more "realistic" design, a logical way to carry and fire the weapon, and a cool silver, black, and neon green color scheme.
* The rocket launcher looks like it has some sort of screen on the side, perhaps a targeting system or something. It also works, and fires a pretty cool missile a decent distance.
* How does Spawn tote a missile launcher this large? Quite easily, actually. The launcher is designed to fit over his right shoulder where it actually snaps on to an articulated mount. It locks on nicely and makes the weapon seem like it would be actually usable by the figure. Clever design.
* When he needs to get up close Spawn comes with a cool combat knife. Spiked hilt, serrated edge; this thing would make Rambo jealous. There's also a sheath which the blade can fit in.
* The sheath easily attached to Spawn's left forearm, keeping the knife close by for him.
* Spawn comes with a second small, pointy dagger. He can hold it in his hand or store it in a sheath attached to his right boot.
* The goggles/headset that Commando Spawn wears is pretty nifty but it doesn't stay on as well as it should, particularly if you're rotating it up and down. the pegs seem a bit too large for the head to fully go in and so the sides of the headset stick out a bit.
* The smaller dagger is supposed to fit in Spawn's boot but it just isn't happening here. Well, it fits in but it's really loose. I think the two halves of the sheath just aren't aligned properly.
* If you're a regular reader of this site you know that one of my major pet peeves are pistols and knives sculpted onto the figure rather than being an actual removable accessory. Now, granted, this is a nearly 30 year old figure, so I'm not going to be as harsh on Spawn as I would on something modern, but could this have been a separate, removable pistol? I think so.
Looking for more of Spawn/ Al Simmons? I've also reviewed the movie based Al Simmons, Burnt Spawn, and standard Spawn, the Mortal Kombat 11 Malefik Spawn (Bloody Disciple) and Spawn (Bloody), the modern Spawn with throne, and the 2022 Mandarin Spawn Deluxe who isn't Al Simmons, but he's still Spawn.
That is some serious weaponry!ReplyDelete
I know, right? I love those massive weapons! I'm really excited to see what a moder Commando Spawn might come with. The Mortal Kombat XI version doesn't have any guns (because of the Warner Brothers mandate) but surely Todd will do a version in the main Spawn line that outdoes She-Spawn's arsenal.Delete
He and Cable run into each other and they both go, "Let me guess -- you were at the Great Nineties Arms, Armor, & Apparel Auction too, right?"ReplyDelete
Spawn cosplaying as Cable. That's what this figure is.Delete
I have to wonder what McFarlane would have done if he had the X-Men license during the '90's. Cable's gun would probably look like he took the cannon off a tank.Delete
Cable would have been the accessory. The gun would have been the main attraction. Just a giant, full sized weapon with a Cable figure thrown in.Delete
Like the gigantic Gatling gun disguised as a hovercycle with the Cable figure accessory that came out in the '90's?Delete
Yes. That thing was ridiculous! That was the Marvel Legends version from Toy Biz, I believe.Delete